School Governance

ATAR Assessments - Do the States and Territories Have it Right or are They Pushing Overworked Teachers to the Brink?

A recent article in The West Australian raised a number of issues that seem to be gathering interest across the country.

Survey Finds Regulatory/Legislative Change is the No. 1 Risk for 2019

The Governance Institute of Australia is an independent professional association that focuses on governance and draws it...

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: The Four Career Stages Explained

Are you a “Graduate” or a “Proficient” teacher? Perhaps you’re “Highly Accomplished” or even a “Lead” teacher. Does this...

Restraint – Abuse or Meeting a Duty of Care?

Corporal punishment continues to be a topic of international debate, with a third of schools globally still practising s...

Mandatory Reporting and the ‘Seal of the Confessional’: Is there a Conflict and What Does it Mean for Catholic Schools?

On 23 May 2019, the Western Australian Government announced plans to expand child protection reporting obligations beyon...

Preparing for the New Whistleblower Obligations

The strengthened Whistleblower Protection Laws in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) have been discussed...

Student Coaches: What Are Their Child Safe Responsibilities?

As we move further into the colder months, schools are now well into the winter season of school sports: netball, rugby,...

The Link Between Ineffective Complaints Handling and the Use of the Whistleblowing Protections (Part Two)

When developing a complaints handling policy, schools have been finding that there are a variety of factors to consider....

Evaluating Board Performance

Effective and Ineffective Boards In his article published in the Harvard Business Review What Makes Great Boards Great J...

The Link Between Ineffective Complaints Handling and the Use of the Whistleblowing Protections (Part One)

As discussed in our previous School Governance article, an unmanaged complaint or internal grievance can escalate into a...